Pamela Freeman is an award-winning author. Her books have been shortlisted for the State Literary Awards, the Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, and the Koala Awards. They range from picture books to fantasy for primary and lower secondary students to non-fiction for teenagers. She is best known for her series of fantasy novels, the Floramonde books (The Willow Tree's Daughter, Windrider and The Centre of Magic) and for an associated junior novel, Victor's Quest.
Freeman came to writing for children through her work as a scriptwriter for ABC Television, working on programs such as For the Juniors, Swap Shop, Satch! Your Language and PowerHouse. She began publishing short stories through the NSW School Magazine, and some of those stories formed the basis for her first book, The Willow Tree's Daughter.
As well as writing children's novels, Freeman works as a business communications consultant, technical writer, scriptwriter and writer for the Internet. She has worked as a scriptwriter for the ABC and the Powerhouse Museum, and taught communications and creative writing at the University of Technology, Sydney and University of New South Wales. In 1998 she received a Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to do research in the US and Canada.
Freeman also writes for adults, and the first of her fantasy books for adult readers, Blood Ties, appeared in 2007. She has a doctorate in Creative Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney.
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Princess Betony's mother is a dryad and misses the Wild Magic of the Dark Forest. When the princess sees her mother running into the Dark Forest, Betony is worried she will never return. Humans are forbidden to enter the Forest. Betony doesn't care. She has to find her mother, no matter what. But first she must catch a unicorn! (Publisher blurb)
Ember and Ash is 'a stand-alone tale of loss, fear and desire.
'Two peoples have been fighting over the same land for a thousand years. Invaders crushed the original inhabitants, and ancient powers have reluctantly given way to newer magics. But Ember was to change all this with a wedding to bind these warring people together - until her future goes up in flames.
'Ember's husband-to-be is murdered by a vengeful elemental god, who sees peace as a breach of faith. Set on retribution, she enlists the help of Ash, son of a seer. Together they will pit themselves against elementals of fire and ice in a last attempt to end the conflicts that have scarred their past.
'They must look to the present, as old furies are waking to violence and are eager to reclaim their people.' (From the publisher's website.)